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Get Your [Temporary] Park On

By Jenni Simcoe
Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 02:40PM
Park(ing) Day Samantha Page [Flickr]

Seating inside a Park[ing] Day space from 2008 provides respite in the Historic Core.

In an effort to bring awareness to the lack of parks in urban space, Park[ing] Day 2010 will be held worldwide on Friday, September 17th. The event’s purpose is that citizens, organizations, companies, artists and activists take over a metered parking space and turn it into their own park, a temporary public space.

Last year’s event was held in six continents, 21 countries and 140 cities, with 700 parks created. This year 23 metered parking spaces will be taken over around Los Angeles, three of which are planned Downtown.


The architecture firm's plans include an urban agricultural park made of office-grown herbs and recycled paper tubes from Ford Graphics. Visitors will be able to sit and relax on the undulating paper tube topography and take home one of many herb plants to spread the word on urban farming. 633 W. 5th, across from the Central Library


The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s park[ing] spot is themed ‘Window into the Future Use of Spring Street Park" and will feature bare feet on grass. 450 S. Spring


Fashion Your District! Join the architecture, design and planning company for a cafe event in the Fashion District. Get the opportunity to weigh in about the neighborhood and how to enhance it. 11th & Maple

For more on Parking Day in L.A., including a map of locations around the city, visit their official site.


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